Helen has little idea what lies ahead when she offers her spare room to an old friend of fifteen years.
Nicola has arrived in the city for treatment for cancer. Sceptical of the medical establishment, placing all her faith in an alternative health centre, Nicola is determined to find her own way to deal with her illness, regardless of the advice that Helen can offer.
In the weeks that follow, Nicola's battle against her cancer will turn not only her own life upside down but also those of everyone around her.
'Swift, beautiful, and relentless, The Spare Room is a brutal novel in the best sense' Alice Sebold
About the Author
Born in 1942, Helen Garner lives in Australia. She has written both fiction and non-fiction, and also journalism, and her writing has been nominated for and won many awards. This is her first novel for fifteen years.
'The Spare Room is a perfect novel, imbued with all Garner's usual clear-eyed grace but with some other magnificent dimension that hides between the lines of her simple conversational voice. How is it that she can enter this heart-breaking territory - the dying friend who comes to stay - and make it not only bearable, but glorious, and funny? There is no answer except: Helen Garner is a great writer; The Spare Room is a great book.' Peter Carey
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 7th May 2009
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.142